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Helping Haiti: URJ Opens Disaster Relief Fund

Helping Haiti: URJ Opens Disaster Relief Fund

Yesterday, a severe earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter devastated Haiti - the most severe earthquake to hit the already-impoverished impoverished country in 200 years. The epicenter was near Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, and according to the International Red Cross, as many as 3 million people have been affected by the quake. The death toll is anticipated to reach nearly 100,000, and the physical and emotional destruction caused by the earthquake is immeasurable.

In the wake of this horrific destruction in Haiti, the Union for Reform Judaism has opened its disaster relief fund to aid those devastated by the severe earthquake. With a still-unimaginable number of casualties, relief and support is being directed to help rescue and recovery efforts scale up rapidly. A number of our partner organizations are already on the ground or on their way to provide assistance.

The Reform Jewish community has a long history of generosity when natural disasters devastate communities around the world, enabling us to play a role in recovery efforts and bring healing and hope to those whose lives have been affected. Donations to the Union for Reform Judaism Haiti Relief Fund can be made online at www.urj.org/relief or by check (note: Haiti Relief in the memo section) to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attention: Development, 633 Third Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY, 10017.

The Union for Reform Judaism retains no overhead expenses for disaster relief donations, other than direct costs of credit card fees. On-going updates regarding the disaster relief efforts and the allocations from this fund will be posted at www.urj.org/relief.

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Published: 1/13/2010

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